Was it a goalkeeping gaffe?
Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu has given the biggest hint first choice goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was seen as culpable in Nigeria’s semi-final defeat against Algeria at the AFCON 2019.
With the score tied at 1-1, Akpeyi was beaten by Riyad Mahrez, the goalkeeper was standing behind the wall, gifting the Algerian dead ball specialist a lot of room to pick his spot and curl it past the wall.
That error shouldn’t have happened and Agu is determined to eliminate the chances of that embarrassment reoccurring.
The Coach told footballlive.ng Agu that it will be “consciously” brought to the goalkeepers awareness on how best to take charge in free kick situations.
“In the near future when we have that kind of situation, what we need to do as we continue to advance is that you form your wall and ensure you’re in contact with the ball.
“Also you take your action the moment the ball is kicked, then you react because you can see where the ball is headed.”